Sunday, December 21, 2014

dec 20 | christmas presence in the valley | set list


act one

o come emmanuel | nelson boschman + combo 

dragged-out tommy rot, by emily carr | ron reed
vacancy | carolyn arends
dark then light, by rory holland | ken hildebrandt
advent song | michael hart
advent | cathy hardy
yes (mary's song) | cathy hardy

three fools, by mike mason | ron reed
long way to go | carolyn arends

o holy night, by bill richardson | ken hildebrandt
o holy night | cathy hardy

christmastime is here, by vince guaraldi | nelson boschman
the real santa claus, by mike mason | mike mason
I wish, by stevie wonder | michael hart

act two

what child is this | nelson boschman + combo 

three generations, by hawksley workman | michael hart
25th of december, by rory holland | ken hildebrandt
sleigh ride | cathy hardy
keen sense of occasion, by john lekich | ron reed
christmas magic | carolyn arends

miles, by mike mason | ron reed
little drummer girl | cathy hardy
new story, by rory holland | ken hildebrandt
come thou long expected jesus | michael hart

god in the doorway, by annie dillard | ron
do not be afraid | carolyn arends

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spencer capier | guitar mandolin violin etc
steve klassen | trumpet
peter davyduck | bass
brandon toews | drums

Saturday, December 20, 2014

christmas presence in the valley | tonight!

We're heading down to the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium this afternoon to bring CHRISTMAS PRESENCE to Abbotsford!  Online ticket sales for tonight's performance will be available until 3pm, otherwise drop in and get tickets at the door.


Friday, December 19, 2014

christmas presence | artist profile | michael hart

Michael Hart has been a part of CHRISTMAS PRESENCE since almost the beginning, and his performances are always a treat!  He's recorded 8 albums since 1990, including Christmas album Dulcimer Light and Lord of the Mountain, featuring some beautiful renditions of Psalms.  His albums are always in high demand after the show!  There are tickets left for all performances, but your best bet is the 8pm performance on Dec 21st.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

christmas campaign | the tally | $18.0K raised! | 45.0%

And we’re off! Our annual Christmas Campaign is officially up and running and this year we are looking to raise $40,000 to help see us through to the spring. Here’s where you can stay ‘connected’ with the campaign’s progress, by watching each donation – big and small – all add up to our final goal! Be sure to stay tuned … we know we will!



100 + 37.80 + 100 + 46.71 + 15 + 20 + 5 + 75 + 300 + 100 + 500 + 50 + 5000 + 25 + 100 + 5 + 99.85 + 500 + 500 + 500 + 10 + 100 + 50 + 100 + 25 + 1000 + 100 + 200 + 200 + 15 + 26.25 + 400 + 42 + 200 + 75 + 30 + 100 + 15 + 50 + 20 + 200 + 50 + 20 + 50 + 50 + 50 + 250 + 25 + 10 + 1000 + 1000 + 500 + 1000 + 2000 + 1000  = $18,004.81

Remaining: $21,995.19

Contribute to our campaign today by donating online here or by calling our office at 604.731.5483!

dec 20 | christmas presence | mike mason

This weekend we have Mike Mason joining us at CHRISTMAS PRESENCE IN THE VALLEY to read from his new book 21 Candles!  Whether you know it or not, Mike Mason's stories have been a part of CHRISTMAS PRESENCE for years.  We have been reading from the new book already this year, but if you join us in Abbotsford, you'll get to hear from Mr. Mason himself!  


Mike Mason at Christmas Presence
Saturday, Dec 20th in Abbotsford
www.pacifictheatre.org


it's a wonderful life radio show | photos

Some more shots from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE RADIO SHOW, playing through December 30th!






Wednesday, December 17, 2014

dec 16 | christmas presence | set list


act one

huron carol | garth bowen
25th of december | rory holland
jingle bells | laurel
the real santa claus | mike mason

angels we have heard on high | peter la grand
seth | david kossoff
the lord is my shepherd | jon ochsedorf

seven principles of christmas | garrison keillor

zion | peter la grand
miles | mike mason
wrapped up in you | laurel

act two

thaddeus bristol | david sedaris
when I was a young man | jon ochsendorf

ghost of christmas | mike mason
come to us emmanuel | peter la grand
o come emmanuel | laurel
silent night | garth
mary's song | peter la grand

down bethlehem way | jon ochsendorf
feast days | annie dillard
white christmas | garth bowen

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peter abando | piano
brett ziegler | keyboards
becca birkner | bass
rick colhoun | drums
kenton wiens | drums

ron reed + mike mason | readings

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

christmas presence | dec 15th photos

Some shots of the gang rehearsing for last night's performance of CHRISTMAS PRESENCE!  Many shows to come, including one tonight with much of the same crew: Peter La Grand, Jon Ochsendorf, Garth Bowen, Laurell, Peter Abando, Becca Birkner, Rick Colhoun, and Kenton Wiens.





Monday, December 15, 2014

christmas presence | artist profiles | laurell

Our next featured artist in the CHRISTMAS PRESENCE line up is Laurell!  This gal has been working like crazy recently, releasing a whole series of pop and dance hits, but she still breaks out the acoustic guitar with us every year.  Although who knows, this year she might get us all up dancing!  Check out her Christmas single, All Wrapped Up in You, below.


christmas presence | artist profiles | sheree plett and jeremy eisenhauer

Sheree Plett and Jeremy Eisenhauer have been staples of CHRISTMAS PRESENCE for years.  When they moved to Comox last summer, we had high hopes that they would make it back out this season, but were also ready to accept reality that it might not happen.  Well colour us excited, because they are making it just in time for the last performance of the run!



dec 15 | christmas presence | set list

act one

scrooge + his nephew | charles dickens
finding christmas | zaac pick
dark, then light | rory holland

the x-mas files | cammuso + seely
do you hear what I hear | corey janz
the real santa claus | mike mason
santa claus is coming to town | the tourist company
macy's christmas elf | david sedaris

from you, with love | andy frew
annunciation | frederick buechner
too much to ask | luci shaw
joseph's dream | rainer maria rilke
mary considers her situation | luci shaw
the irriational season | madeleine l'engle
great commingling | corey janz

o holy night | bill richardson
worst christmas ever | the tourist company

gloria | zaac pick

act two

o tannenbaum
christmas drinks party | william nicholson
angels we have heard | corey janz
the nativity | c.s. lewis
love has come | andy frew
father christmas | c.s. lewis
have yourself a merry little christmas | the tourist company

o what a night | zaac pick
miles | mike mason
the king (o my love) | andy frew
joseph's lullabye | ron klug
I wonder as I wander | the tourist company
christmas prayer | robert louis stevenson

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rick colhoun | drums
kenton wiens | drums
jonathon perkins | bass

ron reed, kaitlin williams, mack gordon | readings